Updated: February 8, 2013 10:29 AM | By AFP

Rallying: Ogier in provisional command in Sweden



Frenchman Sebastien Ogier, in a Volkswagen, led the way in the Rally of Sweden following the opening seven special stages Thursday and early Friday around Karlstad and Hagfors.

Ogier, bidding to go one better than the second place he managed last month in Monte Carlo, took his lead over closest rivals, Frenchman Sebastien Loeb of Citroen and Volkswagen's Finn Jari-Matti Latvala, to 30sec ahead of an evening super special at Karlstad hippodrome.

Nine-time world champion Loeb, who won in Monte Carlo, is racing here as part of a slimmed down schedule of just four races this season but has only triumphed in Sweden once - in 2004.

His only other appearances this season will be in Argentina and his home rally in France.

Latvala won the event in 2012 but Ford drivers have won the last six editions.

© 2013 AFP

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